The article analyzes recent U.S. Supreme Court jurisprudence on tribal court jurisdiction in the context of the Navajo Nation's tribal courts. In it, Furnish concludes that the tribal courts will develop a stronger role in the resolution of civil controversies, despite anything the high court may decide.
Furnish joined the faculty of the College of Law in 1970, following a clerkship with Judge Martin D. VanOosterhout of the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals and stints in Peru with USAID and in Chile with the Ford Foundation. On leave from the College of Law, he practiced law in Phoenix from 1987-1992 with Molloy, Jones & Donahue, chiefly in the field of bankruptcy litigation. Furnish has taught courses on Contracts, Secured Transactions and other Uniform Commercial Code topics, Creditor-Debtor, Bankruptcy, Mexican (Comparative) Law and NAFTA.